Max Kortlander  (1890-1961)
Last updated: 05.03.23
p_kortlander.jpgMax Kortlander was an American pianist and composer of popular music born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a significant person at the QRS roll company after staring cutting rolls as a teen-ager alongside many major pianists of the time including Zez Confrey, Lee S. Roberts and Thomas Waller. He used the names Ted Baxter and Jeff Watters as pseudonyms particularly when cutting four hand arrangements. He was made General Manager of the QRS laboratories in New York City just after WW1 and went on to take over the company when it collapsed in 1931 and renamed it The Imperial Industrial Corporation. He ran the corporation successfully until his death.
His song Tell Me (1919), words by J. Will Callahan, was a huge success and its sale to Jerome H. Remick & Co. is said to have been the basis of his fortune.

url15.gif Max Kortlander Biography by "Perfesser" Bill Edwards  
  Title Instruments Performers
  DBE MP3 Sample    
audiodbemp315.gif Blue Moon (1918) A/T/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
audiodbemp315.gif Red Clover (1923) A/T/T/B/GB(B) Midi Ragtime Recorder Ens.
  Midi File(s)   Sequencer(s)
audiomidi15.gif Red Clover (1923) Midi James Pitt-Payne
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Ragtime Music CDs:
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Item Title Available €     £     $     Other
DBE1290 Blue Moon (1918) - Fox Trot
A/T/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4 mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
DBE1291 Red Clover (1923) - Novelty
A/T/T/B/GB(B), approx. 4½ mins.
print-on-demand €12.00 £10.00 $15.50  
     Title Instruments Remarks
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     Title Attribution Instruments Source Remarks
pdf15.gif Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere (1920) M. Kortlander (music)
L. Weslyn (words)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Ragtime Sailor Man (1917), The M. Kortlander (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Piano, Orchestra IMSLP wvicon.gif
pdf15.gif Tell Me (1919) M. Kortlander (music)
J. Will Callahan (words)
Rubye de Remer (perf.)
Piano, Voice IMSLP wvicon.gif
This list is arranged in chronological order and contains 21 works by Max Kortlander (1890-1961). It does not claim to be complete and represents only the number of items located. Keys: ER pdf15.gif
Title Year Attribution Remarks
Chicken Pranks 1917 L.S. Roberts (co-author)  wvicon.gif
Ragtime Sailor Man, The 1917 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Blue Moon 1918 L.S. Roberts (co-author)  Pub.
Drop Me Down in Dixieland 1918 J. Will Callahan (words)  Pub.
Shimmie Shoes 1918  wvicon.gif
Tell Me 1919 J. Will Callahan (words)
Rubye de Remer (perf.)
Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  wvicon.gif
Blue Clover 1920  Pub.
Funeral Rag 1920  youtube15.jpg
Hot Tamale Mollie 1920 Louis Weslyn (words)  Pub.
Sing Love's Alphabet With Me Bebe-D 1921 Bebe Daniels (perf.)
Bygones 1922 Harry Alpert (co-author)
Louis Weslyn (words)
Hunting the Ball Rag 1922  youtube15.jpg
Deuces Wild 1923  Pub.
Red Clover 1923  Pub. audiomidi15.gif
Lovers Waltz 1924 Henri De Martini (co-author)
Jack Yellen (words)
Ain't I Got Rosie 1926 P. Wendling (words)
Willie Raskin (words)
Felix the Cat 1928 P. Wendling (co-author)
Alfred Bryan (words)
Moonlight Down in Lovers' Lane 1933 George B.Pitman (words)
Bartley Costello (words)
Let's Try It ?
Li'l Joe ?
     Title Duration Performer
youtube15.jpg Funeral Rag 0:00 Ragtime Dorian Henry
youtube15.jpg Hunting the Ball Rag 0:00 Ragtime Dorian Henry